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24-year-old Kevin Parada and 14-year-old Javier Pedraza Jr killed in string of east LA County shootings

While authorities have detained several individuals for questioning, no arrests have been made at this time.



In a series of tragic shootings spanning Los Angeles County, four individuals, including a 14-year-old boy and a young father, lost their lives.

Investigators are exploring potential connections among these incidents.

Sources from Channel3 NOW indicate a belief that these acts may be attributed to a single shooter and potential accomplices.

While authorities have detained several individuals for questioning, no arrests have been made at this time.

A tribute has been established outside the Martha Escutia Primary Center in Bell, marking the location of the initial shooting incident on Sunday at approximately 11:30 p.m.

This is where 24-year-old Kevin Parada, a nearby resident, husband, and father, tragically became the first casualty.

Parada lost his life when a passenger from a vehicle approached and fatally shot him. He is survived by a young son.

Subsequently, another individual has been recognized by family and friends as the second victim: 14-year-old Javier Pedraza Jr. Pedraza was fatally shot during the early hours of Sunday outside the Ellen Ochoa Learning Center in Cudahy.

According to reports from authorities, he was conversing with a friend when the assailant approached in a vehicle and opened fire on both of them.

The friend reportedly sustained a gunshot wound to the leg but managed to flee. Shortly after, another shooting incident occurred in the 1500 block of East Florence in the Florence-Firestone area.

The victim, a man afflicted with gunshot injuries, succumbed to his wounds at the scene.

At approximately 2:37 a.m., two hours later in Huntington Park, morning patrol officers discovered a man lying in the vicinity of a fire station on Santa Fe Street.

The victim, suspected to be a homeless individual residing in a nearby encampment, had also suffered fatal gunshot wounds.

The families of both Parada and Pedraza Jr. have initiated fundraising efforts to cover funeral expenses.

Anyone possessing information pertinent to the case is urged to contact the sheriff’s department.